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Michael James Hegstrand

Michael James Hegstrand was an American professional wrestler. He is best remembered as Road Warrior Hawk, one half of the tag team known as the Road Warriors (WCW) or The Legion of Doom (WWF), with Road Warrior Animal. ) was an American professional wrestler. He was best known as Road Warrior Hawk, one half of the tag team known as The Road Warriors (The Legion of Doom in WWF), with Road Warrior Animal. Outside The Road Warriors, Hawk was a sporadic challenger for world heavyweight championships on pay-per-view from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. He headlined the 1993 edition of ECW's premier annual event, November to Remember While the Road Warriors never officially broke up, Animal started making an increasing number of solo appearances after they left the WWF as Hegstrand struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and generally did not appear at many wrestling shows during this time.In 2001 Hegstrand was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that stopped him from wrestling for a short while. He was able to overcome its effects and returned to a regular working schedule later on. On June 22, 2002 International Wrestling Superstars, Road Warriors Animal & Hawk defeated the Headshrinkers for the World Tag-Team Championship. That victory also led to Team USA winning the Animal and Hawk made a surprise appearance on Raw on May 12, 2003 when they took on Kane and Rob Van Dam for the World Tag Team Championship.[38] Although Hawk and Animal came up short in their attempt to become three-time champions, it was clear that Hawk had defeated the demons that had once kept him from competing, and the Road Warriors had hopes of returning to WWE. Later in 2003, Hawk made an appearance with the All World Wrestling League, a take-off of the 'original' Big Time Wrestling that was owned by The Original Sheik who died earlier that year; it was run by the sons of The Sheik, Eddie and Tom Farhat. They decided to book Hawk for an event in Holt, Michigan; that event was the second to last time Hawk wrestled. Two weeks before he died he wrestled his final match with Ted DiBiase in Oshawa, Ontario against Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Marcus "Buff" Bagwell. Death and legacy Hegstrand died on October 19, 2003 in the early morning in his home in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. He was 46 years old. His friends said that he and his wife Dale had recently bought a condominium near their current home and were packing their boxes the night before. Hegstrand said that he felt tired and went to take a nap. When his wife checked on him at about 1 a.m., he had died of a sudden heart attack. At the time of his death, Hawk and Animal were working on a book about their careers. Animal returned to WWE in mid-2005 and decided to dedicate his entire run to Hegstrand, including his tag team title victory with Heidenreich at The Great American Bash. On the March 28, 2011 episode of Raw, it was announced that the Road Warriors would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2011. On April 2, 2011, the night before WrestleMania XXVII they, along with Paul Ellering were inducted into the Hall Of Fame by Dusty Rhodes. Road Warrior Hawk was included, along with his tag team partner, Road Warrior Animal, in the Attitude Era, in the game WWE '13.


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Born:
Sep 12, 1957 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
81
First Appeared:
In the movie NWA The Last Battle of Atlanta 1983-10-23
Latest Project:
Movie WWE: Attitude Era: Vol. 2 2014-11-03
Known For
Filmography
Movie WWE: 150 Best Pay-Per-View Matches, Vol 1 Hawk 2014-03-11
Movie WCW'S Greatest Pay-Per-View Matches Volume 1 Hawk 2014-03-12
Movie WWE: Attitude Era: Vol. 2 Hawk 2014-11-03
Movie WWE: The Best Of In Your House Hawk 2013-05-27
Movie WCW War Games: WCW's Most Notorious Matches Road Warrior Hawk 2013-06-25
Movie WWE: Falls Count Anywhere: The Greatest Street Fights and Other Out of Control Matches 2012-05-15
Movie The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions Hawk 2012-05-22
Movie WWE Hall of Fame 2011 2011-04-02
Movie The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro Vol.1 Hawk 2011-08-07
Movie The Monday Night War - WWE Raw vs. WCW Nitro Hawk 2004-02-03
Movie WWE Judgment Day: In Your House Hawk 1998-10-18
Movie WWE Royal Rumble 1998 Hawk 1998-01-18
Movie WWE Mayhem in Manchester Hawk 1998-04-03
Movie WWE WrestleMania XIV Road Warrior Hawk 1998-03-29
Movie WWE Unforgiven: In Your House Road Warrior Hawk 1998-04-25
Movie WWE Over the Edge: In Your House Hawk 1998-05-31
Movie WWE In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede Road Warrior Hawk 1997-07-06
Movie WWE SummerSlam 1997 Road Warrior Hawk 1997-08-02
Movie WWE WrestleMania 13 Hawk 1997-03-23
Movie WWE Ground Zero: In Your House Hawk 1997-09-07
Movie WWE D-Generation X: In Your House Hawk 1997-12-07
Movie WWE Survivor Series 1997 Hawk 1997-11-09
Movie WWE Badd Blood: In Your House Hawk 1997-10-05
Movie WCW SuperBrawl VI Road Warrior Hawk 1996-02-11
Movie WCW Uncensored 1996 Road Warrior Hawk 1996-03-24
Movie WCW Slamboree 1996 Road Warrior Hawk 1996-05-19
Movie NJPW Battle Formation '96 Hawk Warrior 1996-04-29
Movie WCW Slamboree 1995 Road Warrior Hawk 1995-05-21
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions XXXI Road Warrior Hawk 1995-08-06
Movie WCW Halloween Havoc 1995 Road Warrior Hawk 1995-10-29
Movie WCW World War 3 1995 Road Warrior Hawk 1995-11-26
Movie SMW Night of The Legends Road Warrior Hawk 1994-08-05
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions XXIV Road Warrior Hawk 1993-08-18
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions XXV Road Warrior Hawk 1993-11-10
Movie WCW Battle Bowl Road Warrior Hawk 1993-11-20
Movie ECW November to Remember 1993 Road Warrior Hawk 1993-11-13
Movie WCW Starrcade 1993 Road Warrior Hawk 1993-12-27
Movie WWE U.K. Rampage Tour '92: Munich Road Warrior Hawk 1992-04-14
Movie WWE Royal Rumble 1992 Road Warrior Hawk 1992-01-19
Movie WWE WrestleMania VIII Road Warrior Hawk 1992-04-05
Movie NJPW Battle Zone Space II Hawk Warrior 1992-11-23
Movie WWE SummerSlam 1992 Road Warrior Hawk 1992-08-29
Movie WWE WrestleMania VII Hawk 1991-03-24
Movie WWE Royal Rumble 1991 Hawk 1991-01-19
Movie WWE SummerSlam Spectacular '91 Road Warrior Hawk 1991-08-18
Movie WWE The Main Event V Road Warrior Hawk 1991-01-28
Movie WWE SummerSlam 1991 Hawk 1991-08-26
Movie WWE Survivor Series Showdown 1991 Road Warrior Hawk 1991-11-24
Movie WWE Survivor Series 1991 Road Warrior Hawk 1991-11-27
Movie WWE Battle Royal at the Albert Hall Road Warrior Hawk 1991-10-03
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions X: Texas Shootout Road Warrior Hawk 1990-02-06
Movie NWA WrestleWar '90: Wild Thing Road Warrior Hawk 1990-02-25
Movie WWE Survivor Series Showdown '90 Road Warrior Hawk 1990-11-18
Movie WCW Capital Combat: The Return of RoboCop Road Warrior Hawk 1990-05-19
Movie WWE Survivor Series 1990 Hawk 1990-11-22
Movie NWA WrestleWar 1989: The Music City Showdown Road Warrior Hawk 1989-05-07
Movie NWA Chi-Town Rumble Road Warrior Hawk 1989-02-20
Movie NWA The Great American Bash '89: The Glory Days Road Warrior Hawk 1989-07-23
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions VI: Ragin' Cajun Road Warrior Hawk 1989-04-02
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions VIII: Fall Brawl '89 Road Warrior Hawk 1989-09-12
Movie WCW Starrcade '89: Future Shock Road Warrior Hawk 1989-12-13
Movie WCW Halloween Havoc '89 Road Warrior Hawk 1989-10-28
Movie NWA Bunkhouse Stampede Road Warrior Hawk 1988-01-24
Movie The 3rd Annual NWA Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament Road Warrior Hawk 1988-04-23
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions Road Warrior Hawk 1988-03-27
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions IV: Season's Beatings Road Warrior Hawk 1988-12-07
Movie NWA Starrcade '88: True Gritt Road Warrior Hawk 1988-12-26
Movie The Second Annual NWA Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament Road Warrior Hawk 1987-04-11
Movie NWA Starrcade '87: Chi-Town Heat! Road Warrior Hawk 1987-11-26
Movie The First Annual NWA Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament Road Warrior Hawk 1986-04-19
Movie NWA Battle of The Belts II Road Warrior Hawk 1986-02-14
Movie AWA WrestleRock '86 Road Warrior Hawk 1986-04-20
Movie NWA Starrcade 1986 Road Warrior Hawk 1986-11-27
Movie NWA Great American Bash '86 Tour: Charlotte Road Warrior Hawk 1986-07-05
Movie NWA Battle of The Belts III Road Warrior Hawk 1986-09-01
Movie NWA The Great American Bash '86: Livin' in The Promise Land Road Warrior Hawk 1986-07-26
Movie AWA StarCage Road Warrior Hawk 1985-04-21
Movie AWA Superclash Road Warrior Hawk 1985-09-25
Series Saturday Night's Main Event 1985-05-10
Movie NWA Night of Champions Road Warrior Hawk 1984-05-30
Movie NWA The Last Battle of Atlanta Road Warrior Hawk 1983-10-23